Most Seeley Lake evacuees will be able to return home todayPosted on August 15

Most Seeley Lake evacuees will be able to return home todayPosted on August 15

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The majority of Seeley Lake residents ousted from their homes by the Jocko Lakes wildfire are going back home Wednesday morning.

Information officer Jennifer Yuhas said firefighters had sealed up containment lines along much of the fire's eastern front, allowing residents the chance to return to their houses. About 675 homes were initially evacuated because of the 22,000-acre fire, but the majority will be allowed back in under Wednesday's new order, which was effective as of 10 a.m.

Several areas remain closed, however: Eagle Point subdivision, Snowmass Drive, Westside Bypass Road (Road 2190) and all locations inside the fire's perimeter.

The fire is still very active, but suppression efforts along the more populated areas have been relatively successful, incident commander Lynn Wilcock said.

The fire did spot over a containment road on the south perimeter late Tuesday afternoon, but Yuhas said crews were working to get those spots knocked down Wednesday morning.

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